USGDR Calls on State and County GIS Departments to Work Together

September 08, 2010-- The United States GIS Data Repository (USGDR) is on a mission of “Making Public Data Public” and needs federal, state, and local GIS departments to join in.  Kyle Souza, a Director at the USGDR, explains, “The government generates a large amount of vector data, but lacks the resources to distribute their data.  This is where the USGDR comes in; as a non-profit we are not in this for “the money,” we are here to help both the data creators and the data users.  We want to partner with those who manage data, to help them cut costs, while at the same time making it easy for end-users to freely access this data.”

The mission of the USGDR is accomplished by making an arrangement with the data author/manager (such as a state GIS department) that allows that organization to upload their GIS data to USGDR servers.  Anyone who visits to the USGDR website ( can then download the data for free.

The USGDR is looking for federal, state, and local GIS departments that want to save money without compromising quality.  By pooling the resources of many organizations everyone can save money, especially those looking to download data.  If you are interested in partnering with the USGDR please email
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